15, 2001, Gazette)
Dennis Flynn (L) helps professor Alex Faseruk serve up some of Dr. Faseruks
famous chili as a fundraiser in support of Mr. Flynns trip to the
World Bench Press Championship.
Christmas will come a little bit sooner for Dennis Flynn this year. In
early December, Mr. Flynn, the acting manager of information technology
at the Faculty of Business Administration, will be heading to Christchurch,
New Zealand, to compete in the World Bench Press Championship. Its
a chance of a lifetime to compete at an international level and experience
the other challenges which that country has to offer.
Mr. Flynn has been bench-pressing competitively for the past two to three
years; however, hes been lifting weights to increase strength and
endurance for other sports since he was a teenager.
Basically, lifting weights was a great way to condition myself for
other interests. I like to run marathons and cycle and keep active and
lifting weights is a great way to boost endurance and reduce strains and
injuries, said Mr. Flynn.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Flynn is looking forward to his trip to New Zealand.
Flynn prepares for his first parachute jump; he enjoys activities that
promise an adrenaline rush.
Im not going to do anything crazy
prior to the competition, he said. But after the event, I
want to go hiking and explore the country. Ive also been checking
into some bungee jumping operations.
Im always looking for a little bit of adventure, added
Mr. Flynn who enjoys scuba diving, polar bear swims, and other activities
that promise an adrenaline rush. The thrill from bench pressing
comes from lifting a weight that I never thought possible prior to training.
Its all about setting a goal and going after it, he
said. For instance, I always wanted to cycle across the province.
When I first thought about it, it seemed like a huge challenge. Once I
started, however, it wasnt that bad at all and Im glad to
say that I accomplished that cycling trip a few years ago.
Training for strength sports such as power lifting and endurance sports
such as cycling or running requires two different regimes; however, Mr.
Flynn finds a way to learn from all his experiences. Apart from physical
training, theres a lot of mental preparation needed to be able to
compete at such an elite level.
Distance running and cycling teach determination and how to visualize
a goal. It usually takes a long time to cross the finish line or reach
your destination. With power lifting, however, you have to mentally switch
gears to concentrate and focus all your energy into a few seconds of intense
Though he doesnt have a coach, Mr. Flynn admits that he has some
great training partners. According to Mr. Flynn, one of the great things
about power lifting is the sense of camaraderie between competitors.
Power lifters have a common enemy gravity, he said.
Competitors encourage each other to do their personal best. A competition
is really a gauge of what you can do on a particular day.
And while bench pressing is an individual sport, Mr. Flynn is grateful
for the amount of support hes received from the people around him.
There are a lot of people pushing for me, from friends and family
to co-workers. Everyone has been really supportive.
At the international event, Mr. Flynn will be competing in the 165-pound
Its an honour to represent your country and Im really
looking forward to the experience. Ive set a goal and the best that
I can do is to accomplish that. The rest is just a bonus.
Of course, few adventure seekers are able to sit still and enjoy the moment
and Mr. Flynn is already looking ahead to his next goal. I want
to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon just once.